The High King by Lloyd Alexander

The High King
The High King by Lloyd Alexander
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I nearly never cry at books (with the exception of Anne of Green Gables and A Tale of Two Cities), but I cried twice while listening to this book. I thought that it was just because of how invested I’d become in the characters, but now I’m wondering if it was also in response to the knowledge that once this book was over, so was the series.

I loved how Taran came into his own in this book, even more than he did in Taran Wanderer. I felt a little weird about how every little thing and character from the previous books made an appearance in this book, but it didn’t bother me too much. At first the ending seemed like it was going in an eye-rolling direction, but then Alexander pulled it from the brink and ended it quite well.

I’ve really loved listening to these stories, and I plan to go back and read them myself (versus listening to the audiobooks) as my son gets older and can better appreciate the stories. It’s a wonderful coming-of-age story. Now if I could find one just as well written but with more female characters, I’d be thrilled.

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